In a previous post I covered six great ways to engage your API community. It was based on seeing thousands of APIs—some that received developer attention and some that fell flat. Now I have dug into ProgrammableWeb’s directory to find the features that really seem to make a difference. Comparing the top 100 APIs to the rest of the pack, it’s clear that community support is a huge differentiator.
Google has released a new version of the Google Visualization API that features new chart types including sankey diagrams, calendar charts and annotation charts. The release also includes new features and improvements such as string to number conversion in datatables, the ability to export corecharts and geocharts as PNGs, and crosshairs for scatter, line and combo charts.
Social Data has become critical to developing business strategies, marketing brands and products, and gaining insights into consumers’ thought processes and buying patterns. The availability of real-time social data, along with the growing trend of Data as a Service (DaaS), has led to the development of platforms that provide business-critical social data on demand. Many platforms not only provide access to streams of social data, but incorporate business intelligence (BI) technologies and analytics capabilities as well.
Diffbot has just announced the release of brand new client libraries for 35+ different programming languages. The company now provides developers client libraries for the Diffbot API in the most-used programming languages as well as languages that are not as common.
ArenaNet, developer of the popular online role-playing game Guild Wars 2, is working on the implementation of OAuth2 and plans to release new authenticated Guild Wars 2 APIs in 2014. ArenaNet also plans on adding a Leaderboards API that will give developers programmatic access to the same leaderboards data that ArenaNet used to create its Guild Wars 2 leaderboards site.
Postman is a powerful HTTP client to test web services that was created by Abhinav Asthana, a programmer and designer based in Bangalore, India. Postman makes it possible for developers to test, develop and document APIs easily and efficiently by allowing users to put together simple and complex HTTP requests quickly.
There are a number of ways to discuss API popularity. One of the common methods ProgrammableWeb has used is by mashups, the number of completed apps. However, there may be a leading indicator before developers have even started writing code. The “track” functionality on ProgrammableWeb lets developers declare an interest in receiving updates on particular APIs. By diving into this data we can see many things. For example, recently developers have loved travel. Overall, social and visual APIs rule
Video games have come a long way since the days of Pong and Asteroids. Today many video games feature ultra-realistic high-definition graphics and complex gameplay. In addition, modern video games can be played online, allowing gamers to build large social communities that focus on specific video games and video game genres.
ProgrammableWeb recently caught up with Matt Sundquist, founder and COO of Plot.ly, a graphing and analytics startup. The Plotly API enables users to analyze and visualize data in one place, and forms an important step in building the infrastructure for data science to be further democratized. Sundquist spoke about the Plot.ly API, comparing it with existing visual solutions, and how visual data science solutions can evolve.
Genuitec, LLC, an enterprise Java and mobile development tools provider, has announced the full integration of Cloud APIs and enhanced REST Services in MyEclipse 2014 Workbench. Previous releases of MyEclipse provided developers with only limited REST services support. The release of MyEclipse 2014 provides developers the ability to generate REST services using simple click-through wizards.